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John B. Shook

Partner

For more than 20 years, John B. Shook has gone to battle for injured children and adults. As a co-founder of Shook & Stone, he serves as lead trial counsel on many of the firm’s largest cases. John represents individuals and families of those who have been hurt or killed as a result of defectively designed and manufactured products, as well as victims of medical malpractice, dangerous premises, motor vehicle negligence, industrial accidents, and insurance bad faith. He’s responsible for trying one of the largest single-claimant personal injury verdicts in Nevada history.

John is always striving to learn, grow and sharpen his skills outside of the office. He is currently an arbitrator for the Eighth Judicial District court-annexed arbitration program. In 2016, he became one of the first attorneys in Nevada to be certified as a Personal Injury Specialist by the Nevada Justice Association (NJA). This prestigious honor only goes to personal injuries who demonstrate superior integrity, knowledge and professionalism. You can read more about his certification here.

After serving as a member of the Nevada Medical-Legal Screening Panel—which reviews all medical malpractice claims filed in the state of Nevada for merit—John is able to better understand both the legal and medical sides of personal injury cases. Clients trust him to address them with compassion, and their cases with determination.

Where It All Began

John was born in Dalhart, Texas and raised in Hobart, Oklahoma. It was at Hobart High School where he won his first case. John was selected by his classmates as lead attorney to represent a classmate in a personal injury trial. He convinced a jury of teachers and students to grant an award of more than $350,000.

A Family Affair

Law and order conversations are common at the Shook residence. John is married to Julie Shook—a former deputy district attorney with the Clark County District Attorney’s office.

Along with his wife and daughter, John founded and continues to operate a charity called SpectrumConnects. Their mission is to help kids on the autism spectrum create lasting friendships with other kids who have similar interests and abilities.

John and Julie actively support a variety of other charities as well, including:

  • HELP of Southern Nevada
  • The Children’s Advocacy Project (Legal Aid of Southern Nevada)
  • Families for Effective Autism Treatment
  • New Horizons Center for Learning
  • The annual KLUC Toys for Tots Toy Drive

As a member of Nevada’s Citizens for Justice, John has also made significant charitable contributions to help ensure that the law protects individuals who would otherwise not have a voice in our government.

Memberships & Honors

  • American Association for Justice (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America)
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Nevada (elected chair of the Clients’ Security Fund, 2009–2011)
  • Oklahoma Bar Association
  • Board of Governors for the Nevada Justice Association (honored for his help enacting legislation to aid Nevada’s injured and disabled.
  • Colleague of the Nevada Law Foundation

Education

  • J.D., University of Oklahoma, 1994
  • B.S., Oklahoma State University, 1991
  • National Criminal Defense College
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy